- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Tom Murphy’s first major league hit helped pave the way for his first big league home run.

Murphy followed his RBI single with a homer and the Colorado Rockies overcame the loss of starting pitcher Yohan Flande after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive for a 10-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

“After that first hit, I kind of relaxed and got a little more comfortable,” Murphy said. “Each game you’re here, you get a little more comfortable. I thought my approach the whole time I’ve been here has been pretty good but tonight it came together.”

Charlie Blackmon had three hits, including an RBI single, and scored three times, and Nolan Arenado singled twice to drive in two runs for Colorado, which has won six of its last nine games.

Jedd Gyorko homered and doubled and Justin Upton had an RBI single for San Diego.

Christian Bergman (3-0) pitched 3 1-3 innings of one-run relief after coming on in the third inning to replace Flande, who was hit in the left knee area by a line drive hit by Gyorko. The ball bounced off Flande’s leg into foul territory between third and home and Gyorko had a double.

Clearly favoring his left leg, Flande was briefly examined on the field by team trainers before being led away to the clubhouse for further treatment. The team announced later that X-rays were negative and Flande bruised his left patellar tendon.

“He got smoked. That hit him square on the knee,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “But he seems to be all right. I don’t know how. He seems to be doing OK. He came out of it a lot better than I thought he would.”

The Rockies took command from the outset, jumping on Robbie Erlin - the first left-handed starter for the Padres this season - for four runs in the first inning. Carlos Gonzalez, Arenado and Murphy all had run-scoring singles in the inning.

Erlin (0-1) went three-plus innings and allowed seven runs and nine hits in his season debut.

“Robbie didn’t have a good outing, obviously,” Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said. “He’s got to land more than one pitch for a strike. He’s got to command his fastball.”

Tom Murphy, who was called up a week ago from Triple-A Albuquerque, connected off reliever Marcos Mateo leading off the fifth to put Colorado up 9-1.

“I thought off the bat it was (going out),” Tom Murphy said. “He threw me three sliders in a row and the third one, I sat on it. He just left it up, at 0-2, and I was just looking slider.”

He collected a third hit, another single, in the eighth.

Gyorko drilled his 15th home run in the sixth, driving a 2-2 pitch from Bergman over the fence in right-center.

LEFT TO LEFT

Erlin was not only the first left-hander to start a game for the Padres this season. He was the last lefty to do so, starting the final game of last season for San Diego.

CALMING INFLUENCE

“The chill guy showed up. You lose your starter that early, it’s usually a tough situation. But Bergman came in and settled things down,” Weiss said on Bergman’s strong relief outing.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles threw a 30-pitch simulated game, his first since undergoing season-ending surgery June 10 to repair a torn ligament in his left big toe. He’s slated to pitch about 40 innings combined for the Rockies’ instructional league program in Scottsdale, Arizona, and in the Dominican Republic to get ready for spring training.

UP NEXT

Padres: RHP James Shields (12-6), who leads the team in wins, is set to start Sunday’s series finale.

Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (6-12) is set for his fourth start since being reinstated Sept. 1 from the DL, where he spent a month because of an inflammation in his pitching shoulder. He is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA since his return.

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